Category: Trips

One More Drink, and I’ll Move On (Conundrum Couloir)

Mountain(s): Conundrum Peak (14,060′) and Castle Peak (14,265′) Route: Conundrum Couloir (Steep Snow) Date: July 11, 2015 RT Distance: 14.5 miles RT Gain: 4,850′ RT Time: 10 hours Climbers: Ben, Jeff Summer is here. It’s crazy how fast the Colorado mountains transitioned from buried to dry. Most standard 14er routes…

Cornice Busting on Southpaw Couloir

Mountain: Torreys Peak – 14,267′ Route: Southpaw Couloir Date: July 3, 2015 RT Distance: 8 miles RT Gain: 3,000′ RT Time: 6 hours 45 minutes Climbers: Speth (speth), Adam, Jeff This snow-climbing season was disappointing. Between major life changes, a new puppy, a minor…

A Bond Between Strangers (Horseshoe Mountain/Boudoir Couloir)

There’s no point in denying it: Horseshoe Mountain’s Boudoir Couloir is a flat-out classic. I’d already climbed it in 2011 as one of my first snow climbs, but when Speth suggested it for this weekend, I had no qualms about returning. This April is…

Third Time’s the Charm on Mt. Princeton

MOUNTAIN: Mt. Princeton (14,197′) ROUTE: East Slopes RT GAIN: 5,400′ RT DISTANCE: 13.25 miles RT TIME: 10.75 hours PARTNERS: Jerry, Adam, Shawn, Joel Mt. Princeton had become something of a winter nemesis. I tried it in early January 2014 prior to shoulder surgery, but the recurring dislocations that necessitated said…

Getting the Band Back Together (Marble Mountain)

Marble Mountain (13,266′) ROUTE: East Ridge RT DISTANCE: ~7 miles RT GAIN: ~3,500′ RT TIME: ~7.5 hours CLIMBER(S): Dan McCool, Ben Shulman, Jeff Golden I’ve always held the belief that the people with whom you share the trail are the best part about hiking….

A Winter Preview on Quandary’s West Ridge

Quandary Peak: West Ridge (Fall 2014) Saturday was one of those times everything just comes together. As of early afternoon Friday, I still had no idea what I wanted to hike over the weekend. I would have loved to make the 14ers.com Fall Gathering…

A Walk to Remember (Mt. Harvard)

Mt. Harvard – South Slopes RT Distance: 14 miles RT Gain: 4,600′ RT Time: 6.5 hours Climber(s): Jeff (SurfNTurf) Mt. Harvard has crooned its siren song in my direction all summer. Of all the 14ers, it was the one I’d least-recently visited, way back…

Mt. Adams: Adams Glacier (Grade III, Steep Snow, AI2)

Mt. Adams: Adams Glacier (June 29 – July 1, 2014) Mt. Adams (12,276’) is known as “Washington’s Forgotten Mountain.” Less than 50 miles from the legendary Mt. Rainier, poor Adams is often lost in the shadow of its larger cousin. It doesn’t help that…

Chasing Ice: A Dress Rehearsal (Longs Peak / The Flying Dutchman)

MOUNTAIN: Longs Peak ROUTE: Flying Dutchman (Steep Snow, WI2) RT GAIN: ~4,100′ RT DISTANCE: ~11 miles RT TIME: 10 hours CLIMBERS: Keegan, Sam, Jeff Sam, Keegan and I had never climbed together as a team. Keegan had a little jaunt to Alaska to worry…

A Week Among the Clouds (Mt. Rainier / Liberty Ridge and Mt. Hood)

INTRODUCTION Liberty Ridge. The classic Grade III/IV snow-and-ice route on the insidious North Face of Mt. Rainier has earned innumerable superlatives; many consider it among the best climbs in the Pacific Northwest. An equal number of others, of course, dismiss it as overrated. Featured…